Core Aeration will benefit any lawn, but those with the following conditions will benefit the most: lawns that consist of heavy clay soil, lawns with weeds, lawns that experience excessive runoff or puddling, and lawns that are thin and sparse.
As lawns get older or experience heavy pedestrian traffic the soil gets packed down.This closes soil pores and makes it hard for air and water to get down to the grass roots.The roots are therefore robbed of two very important elements for good growth: oxygen and water.The aerator pulls out plugs of soil leaving holes in the lawn for air and water to enter. The holes loosen up the soil so that the grass roots can move more easily through it and thicken in the process. Raking up or removal of the plugs is not recommended as over time this will remove necessary soil and nutrients that are required for a healthy lawn. The plugs will break down and dissolve on their own. The best times to aerate are in the spring and fall.
We have a large ride on unit which allows us to provide effective core aeration to large residential and commercial properties as well as to acreage owners.
FERTILIZATION & WEED CONTROL:
In the fall a special fertilizer is applied which is lower in nitrogen and higher in potassium and phosphorus. Phosphorus plays a big part in winterizing the lawn as it has been shown to improve cold tolerance and enhance the root systems of turfgrass. An added benefit of applying fall fertilizer is because the roots absorb and store the nutrients as they grow until the ground freezes. Those nutrients are then available in the spring when the temperature warms up and provide a quicker green-up of the grass.
Fall is one of the best time to spray the weeds in your grass. When the days start to shorten and the temperatures start to cool weed plants begin storing nutrients in their root systems before the upcoming winter. If a herbicide is sprayed on the weeds at this time, it too will be absorbed and carried to the roots. Instead of feeding the weed plant it will kill the plant. This means that the weed will die and not continue to grow in the grass next spring. For total control of turf weeds, it is highly recommended to do two applications per season, one in the spring and one in the fall.